Pundit tells Tottenham Hotspur not to use Wembley as an “excuse”

BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur should not use Wembley as an “excuse” if the team perform badly this season.

The North London outfit will be playing all of their Premier League home games at the national stadium while their new ground is being constructed.

Some fans may be feeling a little bit nervous that the team will not have their traditional home comforts, particularly when considering how Mauricio Pochettino’s side performed at Wembley last season.

Due to UEFA’s rules on capacity, Spurs had to stage their European fixtures away from White Hart Lane, and in the four home games played in the Champions League and Europa League, Tottenham won just a single one of them.

Wembley was also an unhappy hunting ground for Tottenham in the FA Cup final when they lost 4-2 to London rivals Chelsea, who they will face in their first home game of the season this weekend.

Jenas, who played for the club between 2005 and 2013, has claimed that if Spurs struggle at Wembley this season, they cannot simply blame the ground for their failures.

The Mirror quotes the midfielder as saying:

“I don’t think they’ve got the room for excuses, I really don’t. They’ve invested so much to be looked at as a certain type of club. Everybody knows they’ve got to play on this pitch, then they move back into the new stadium. What, are we going to say the year after? ‘Oh, we’ve got a new stadium.’ No. It’s an issue, [but] I don’t think it’s an excuse.”

Tottenham finished third and second in the league in the last two seasons.